What’s an unsung makeup hero? For me, it’s an oftentimes underrated makeup morsel, a permanent collection product that scoots under the radar screen of many makeup lovers but regularly rocks my world. The long-running Unsung Heroes series features some of my favorites.
I swear, you just can’t go wrong with the classics. I wore MAC Satin Taupe Eye Shadow the other day for the first time in months. It’s a shimmery grayish purple in the MAC permanent line, and it’s been around since the days of the dinosaurs!
OK, not that long, but it has been around a while. It was one of the very first MAC shadows I ever picked up, and, and it wowed me from the start…
It’s just so dang pretty!
I didn’t do anything fancy with it this week — just the same standard-issue Satin Taupe look I’ve been doing for, oh, the past zillion years.
I needed to put on some makeup to record a video, so I lined my eyes with black liner, then took that same liner and smudged it on my lids and lower lash lines. Then I buffed out the black liner with a MAC 217 before patting Satin Taupe directly on top and blending everything together. A quick sweep of cool matte brown MAC Omega in my crease, and that was it. All done.
Easy, elegant and damned fast — which led me to think, “Dude, Karen! Why do you make things more difficult than they need to be? You should be doing this all the time!”
It was one of those “Doh!” forehead-to-palm moments when I question my life choices, LOL!
Anyway, with Satin Taupe, we’re talking must-have (yes, it’s that serious). You’ve probably seen it around in limited edition palettes here and there… Here it is in a couple of recent ones (MAC Brooke Shields Gravitas and the MAC Nordstrom Naturals palettes), but you can also find it as a single in the permanent line.
Here are a few of the reasons why I love it so much…
- It’s ridiculously flattering. No matter how cool, warm, pale or deep your skin tone is, or the color of your eyes, Satin Taupe werks!
- The finish is fabulous. It’s completely on point — shiny enough to catch the light and draw attention to your eyes, but far enough away from frosty not to emphasize your fine lines.
- It blends like buttah. MAC’s eyeshadow textures range from kitten-tum soft to rock hard, and Satin Taupe is one of the softest in the line. And that means that edges are easy to blur into other colors.
It’s a grrrrreat eyeshadow for beginners, by the way. Even if you have no idea what the heck you’re doing with that 217 or 224, Satin Taupe will work with you (instead of against), making it basically foolproof.
If you don’t have this one in your MAC collection yet, it needs to be there! Find it at MAC counters, stores and online for $16 as an Eye Shadow single or $10 as a refill pan.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
The MAC Unsung Heroes series (a subset of my regular Unsung Makeup Heroes series) features some of my all-time favorite products from MAC’s permanent collection
If you’re looking for permanent collection ideas or inspiration, there are many more — HUNDREDS — unsung makeup heroes in the MBB archives. These 20 here are just the tip of the makeup-loving iceberg!